The Environmental Protection Agency is formally listing Bisphenol A – a chemical found widely in consumer goods – as a “chemical of concern.” The chemical is added to plastics to harden them, and has been used in soda cans, baby bottles and food containers. It is so widespread that 90% of Americans show traces of it in their urine. But, in recent years, studies have linked BPA to heart disease and cancer in humans, and to abnormal development in animals. In January, the Food and Drug Administration said it had “concerns” about the chemical’s effect on human health.
The EPA’s decision to add BPA to the “chemicals of concern” list does not trigger any new regulation. But the agency did order manufacturers to test the chemical’s impact on animals and the environment. The EPA will also test to see how much BPA leaks into the air and water from facilities where it is made, or into dumps where it is disposed. It will be interesting to see what further steps the federal government will take to make sure consumers are protected.
Source: Washington Post
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